There are many characteristics of an effective weight loss plan. One of them is that these plans should be built with practical thinking. Before you even start to create your weight loss plan you must have a vision of the end result of your weight loss efforts. In other words you must know why you want to lose weight. While it can be confusing and very overwhelming to build your own weight loss plan, take a look at these four suggestions to help you get some direction and get started with your own plan right away.
As mentioned in the last paragraph, you need a vision as to what the pay off for your weight loss efforts will be. So ask yourself why you want to lose weight. Many people have many different reasons to lose weight. What are your reasons to lose weight? Do you want to lose weight to fit into normal clothes again? Maybe you don't want to be the "fat parent of the town" any more. Or maybe you just want to look good and feel good about yourself. What ever the reason, write it down. Once you have the end result in mind then you can go to the next step.
The next step is to define the goal you want to accomplish. The goal should be realistic but you should work for it so you can keep focusing on making an effort. For example, losing 2 lbs in 1 month is way too easy. However, if you want to lose 10 lbs in the next month, that is a good goal where you will need to work for it throughout the month. Plus at the same time the goal is obtainable. Another good goal to have is to eat clean for 6 days during the next week.
Now that you have a goal defined, you need to create a plan to reach your goal. First off, your plan needs to be a workable plan that you can stick with. For example, planning to go to the gym twice a day when you work 10 hours a day is not doable. However, you make be able to get to the gym 3 times the following week. Here are some suggestions to help you with your plan.
Eat smaller portions of food. While easier said than done, it's very possible. If you eat every three hours, it will be much easier and you'll be less hungry. So you plan to eat 5 small meals, every 3 hours for 6 days this week.
Eat healthier foods. The best approach is to cut out the fast foods, eat foods with no sugar and cut out the fast foods. Make sure you eat healthy foods that you like or it will be a very tough rule to follow. So your plan should include a menu for each day of the week.
Start exercising. Exercising helps compliment your diet by burning extra calories by building muscle. The best way to build muscle is through weight training. Try making it a habit to work out 2-3 times a week. As a reminder, make sure you can schedule these workouts so you can stick to these workouts. If you need to really simplify things at first, find a way to start walking every day.
The last step of an effective weight loss plan is to start executing the plan. Now that you have created your own plan, its now time to start moving with it.
Creating an effective weight loss plan doesn't have to be that challenging but it can be over whelming if you're not sure of the steps needed to put a plan together. Using the four steps discussed above will help you create an effective weight loss plan every week.